- Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is urging Floridians to prepare now for Subtropical Storm Nicole expected to make landfall in Florida this week
- The move comes after Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 34 counties on Monday
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is urging Floridians to be prepared ahead of Subtropical Storm Nicole expected landfall later this week.
In a news release, Patronis encouraged Floridians to follow safety tips and plan accordingly for the impending storm. In particular, the CFO said people should stock up on food and water, take photos of items in their home to help make the recovery process easier, and secure outdoor objects and all insurance, financial and other important documents.
“The 2022 Hurricane Season is not over yet. Subtropical Storm Nicole is making its way across the Atlantic as we speak and the time to prepare is now. If we have learned anything from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it’s that these storms can be powerful and very unpredictable,” Patronis said. “Central Florida communities have already been inundated with so much rain, the threat of flooding is real and is not to be taken lightly. Gather your materials now and do not wait until it’s too late. If you are told to evacuate, please heed the warnings of your local officials and do so in earnest.”
The National Hurricane Center forecasts Nicole to be a large storm and expects a range of storm effects along the east coast such as coastal flooding, heavy rainfall, and tropical storm-level winds. The storm could also reach hurricane strength as it moves closer in proximity to the northwest Bahamian shoreline, potentially bringing storm surges to low-lying areas.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued in the Bahamas, with additional watches potentially being issued by the Hurricane Center for Florida later this week.
In anticipation of landfall, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 34 counties in the potential path of Subtropical Storm Nicole.
The Governor’s Office says it issued the EO in an “abundance of caution” so that communities can prepare and Floridians can create a plan to gather necessary resources in the event that Subtropical Storm Nicole gains in strength.
“While this storm does not, at this time, appear that it will become much stronger, I urge all Floridians to be prepared and to listen to announcements from local emergency management officials,” said DeSantis. “We will continue to monitor the trajectory and strength of this storm as it moves towards Florida.”
Patronis noted that Floridians can visit PrepareFL.com for important storm tips and resources and can refer to the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit to be organized and prepared.